Shannon Williams

Permission to Fail in 2018

| by Shannon Williams

We are eleven days into 2018. At this point, the new year still holds promise. No matter what your 2017 was like, on January 11th most of us still believe this year will be better.  Michael Green, CEO of the  Social Progress Imperative says in a recent N…

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Lessons from a Leaf Blower

| by Shannon Williams

Decades ago I bought my husband a leaf blower as a birthday present. Now before you judge, I am not normally a person who gives practical items as gifts. At the time, the leaf blower was a luxury. We were early in our marriage and home ownership. Money was tight. I paid $30 for this fancy ga…

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Checking the Expiration Date

| by Shannon Williams

A couple of weeks ago I did something I haven’t done in years. I checked the expiration date on the milk in the fridge.  As a mother of teenaged boys, my regular routine includes buying several gallons of milk each week without much thought about consumption. For years, the milk …

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Growing Up Among the Sharks

| by Shannon Williams

We recently completed our 11th season of summer swim team. The final one for Devin as a swimmer, and his first year as a coach. As a family, we have always enjoyed swim team. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of thousand-degree nights, where the adults are sweating while the kids are…

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Can We Talk?

| by Shannon Williams

Modern politics do not appeal to me. I try to stay abreast of current issues. I vote. I care about the future of our country, but I don’t spend a lot of time following American politics.  Over the past week, politics have been front and center in our collective dialogue as the Se…

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Impact on the Arts

| by Shannon Williams

Anticipating the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts funding in the proposed Trump budget released last week, Michael Wilkerson wrote an opinion piece published on thehill.com, on March 7, 2017, that has caused great discussion among our team. Wilkerson, director of arts admi…

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The Mindless Pursuit of Excellence

| by Shannon Williams

I left my neighborhood this morning turning left on my usual path. The only problem was I needed to turn right.  Clearly, I wasn’t thinking. I was simply going through the motions doing what has become routine. Unfortunately, that was not going to get me where I needed to be̵…

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Philanthropy Is Not Measured by Dollars Alone

| by Shannon Williams

Our sons both play high school basketball. Through their experiences we have come to know and love some of the most amazing philanthropists I have ever met. Yes, I have met a lot of great philanthropists in my 22 years in the non-profit sector, but none quite like Jim and Peggy Taylor. …

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